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SD Department of Education April 2015  

  Students and families encouraged to “Go Fourth” this summer

South Dakota State Parks, a division of Game, Fish and Parks, is partnering with the South Dakota Departments of Health and Education to put on the “Go Fourth” program. This project aims to get fourth graders and their families outside and active this summer, with the overall aim of improving the health of South Dakota youth and families.

The project will distribute one-day entrance licenses to every fourth grader in the state (approximately 11,500 licenses). The license extends to the family of the student and can be used any day between distribution and Dec. 31, 2015. If a family chooses to purchase an annual pass, the license can be turned in for a discount off the purchase. Families will be asked to fill out a brief survey for follow-up as well as to measure success of the program.

The goal of the project is encouraging kids and families to develop good habits, try new activities and enjoy nature. Although the license can be used any day, participants will be encouraged to utilize them to attend in-park events, such as “Becoming an Outdoor Family,” and other educational programs.

Schools should receive the licenses and information on the project during the week of May 4 and are encouraged to distribute them upon receipt.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and the departments of health and education appreciate your assistance with this special project!

Click here for more information, or call Game, Fish and Parks at (605) 773-3391.

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